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Old 01-08-2020, 05:36 PM
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Here is the original sheath that was with the knife when I purchased it. I had Greg Gutcher make the exotic sheath for me after the fact. I thought the knife needed something better than the Johnson roughback. I had Don make the miniature for me, and he actually wished that he had the original in hand to make an even closer copy!

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Old 01-09-2020, 09:06 AM
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Thanks for the clarifications, Bill. I agree the knife needed a commensurate sheath. But I really don't see how Don could have made his mini any closer.
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Old 01-09-2020, 03:16 PM
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A few more pictures of my knives, and from the Randall Museum!







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Old 01-23-2020, 08:12 AM
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Thanks Ron!
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Old 01-27-2020, 07:46 PM
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Smithsonian Bowie

Here's a Model 12-11" Smithsonian with some engraving.....











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Old 01-29-2020, 10:42 AM
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Thanks for showing us this very intricate work. It makes this "Smitty" a little less "intimidating".

Is the handle made of Rosewood?

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Old 01-29-2020, 06:39 PM
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Thanks for showing us this very intricate work. It makes this "Smitty" a little less "intimidating".

Is the handle made of Rosewood?

Cheers!

David
I'm really not an expert on the various woods used for handles, but I would guess either Rosewood or Cocobolo.....
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:50 PM
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Here is my Tom Leschorn embellished Shaw-Leibowitz Special. This was done during his time living in Alaska....







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Old 02-02-2020, 09:47 AM
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Really nice, Bill! I tried checkering a rifle stock when I was in my twenties. I haven't tried it since! That gives you an idea of how my first attempt worked out. Talent is talent. You either have it or you don't. I love the salmon scrim.
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Old 02-02-2020, 05:00 PM
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Really nice, Bill! I tried checkering a rifle stock when I was in my twenties. I haven't tried it since! That gives you an idea of how my first attempt worked out. Talent is talent. You either have it or you don't. I love the salmon scrim.
This one was made while Tom was living in Alaska. He presented it to his neighbors son as a gift. The salmon kind of represents that part of the United States.....
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:12 PM
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Some better pics of my Model 14 CDT example....















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Old 04-04-2020, 08:17 PM
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Another one of several Model 12-8" Bear Bowie's...Uber Rare Stainless Steel blade from approx. 1970!













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Old 04-05-2020, 02:54 AM
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Good stuff. And that stainless bear bowie blade has something else hidden in the metal that is uber uber rare... [to be continued]
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Old 04-05-2020, 07:31 AM
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Nice, Bill. And I'm all atwitter, Jack.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:39 PM
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Here is the mysterious metallurgy quality of that marvelous Bear Bowie. TaBill’s knife is made from 440C stainless steel, not from the standard 440B quality steel that Randall used ubiquitously for his stainless blades. There are only about 20-21 knives total, and only 15 of these 440C Bear Bowies ever made. Here is quote from Gaddis, p. 215:

“It seems that during the late 1960s while Gary was still spending a good bit of his time in a shop apron, a steel company sent Randall a sample bar of 440C stainless steel. The company salesman was interested in getting the Randall shop to switch from its standard 440B forging stock to this higher-carbon 440C. The sample bar was too narrow and thin for the big Smithsonian Bowie, so they decided to forge Model 12, 8-inch Bear Bowie and Model 12, 9-inch Sportsman Bowie blades from it. Gary remembered Randall getting about 15 Bear and maybe six Sportsman Bowie blades from it. They were marked with the usual “S” stamp to denote a stainless blade, just like the regular 440B ones…”

From the time period of T’s knife, it is certainly one of the 440C blades, as are all seven of the famous “Continent” Bear Bowies. But you would need a destructive test to prove it…. so ... trust me on this.

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